By Megan Boler, Andrea Schmidt, Nathalie Magnan, Alessandra Renzi
In an age of proliferating media and information assets, who has the facility to outline truth? while the dominant media declared the life of WMDs in Iraq, did that make it a truth? this present day, the "social internet" (sometimes referred to as internet 2.0, groupware, or the participatory Web)—epitomized by way of blogs, viral video clips, and YouTube—creates new pathways for truths to emerge and makes attainable new strategies for media activism. In electronic Media and Democracy, top students in media and verbal exchange stories, media activists, newshounds, and artists discover the contradiction on the middle of the connection among fact and gear this day: the truth that the novel democratization of information and multiplication of assets and voices made attainable via electronic media coexists with the blatant falsification of data by way of political and company powers. The ebook maps a brand new electronic media panorama that includes citizen journalism, The day-by-day convey, running a blog, and substitute media. The individuals speak about large questions of media and politics, supply nuanced analyses of switch in journalism, and adopt precise examinations of using Web-based media in shaping political and social hobbies. The chapters contain not just essays via famous media students but in addition interviews with such reporters and media activists as Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Media concerns host Robert McChesney, and Hassan Ibrahim of Al Jazeera. individuals and Interviewees: Shaina Anand, Chris Atton, Megan Boler, Axel Bruns, Jodi Dean, Ron J. Deibert, Deepa Fernandes, Amy Goodman, Brian Holmes, Hassan Ibrahim, Geert Lovink, Nathalie Magnan, Robert McChesney, Graham Meikle, Susan D. Moeller, Alessandra Renzi, Ricardo Rosas, Andr?a Schmidt, Trebor Scholz, D. Travers Scott, R. Sophie Statzel, Stephen Turpin.